Since I am playing as much as I am I decided to get a MIM Standard Strat to go with my Epi LP Standard. I already had a Squier but it was just not up to snuff for real guitar playing unfortunately.
I find it much more gratifying starting a collection of real guitars than the plastic ones. :P
I also find some interesting level of satisfaction is now having real guitars that were the basis of the first plastic ones I had. GH's LP and RB's Strat.